MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates are to be handed the ten political commandments, voted for by the Twittering public, which should govern their political lives in Westminster.
Political site Tweetminster received hundreds of suggestions by Twitter when it asked members of the public to propose what they believed should be included in the ten.
After being narrowed down to a shortlist of 20, over 1,500 voters chose their favourites, which have been named the ten commandments for an MP.
The Ten Commandments are:
- Thou shalt never forget that politics is about improving lives. Other people's, not your own
- Be honest with the voters
- MPs shall treat constituents, stakeholders and staff as they themselves would wish to be treated—with genuine respect and good manners
- Thou shalt hold the executive to account, regardless of party affiliation, On behalf of the people of the United Kingdom
- An MP should not give publicly-funded jobs to family or household members. Recruit openly instead, and advertise locally
- Thou shalt not enter the political arena for personal gain
- Thou shalt not outsource your judgement, independence or opinions to the chief whip
- Thou shalt be able to demonstrate independence of mind
- Do what you promised to do in your manifesto
- MPs & PPCs should be transparent, open & engaging, and take advantage of all available channels
Actually, all of these could be summed up in one easy commandment:
- Thou shalt not be a pig-ignorant, venal, patronising, corrupt, money-grubbing, lying, incompetent, lazy, fat-arsed, authoritarian shyster, exclusively out for thine own interest.
It's easy when you know how...